Author: Mike Harrison

After over a year in limbo, Withings finally has Food and Drug Administration clearance for its ScanWatch, which monitors for abnormal heart rhythms through an EKG feature and flags nighttime breathing issues with its blood oxygen sensor. The watch has been available for sale in Europe, but not in the United States. This is the first smartwatch to get the FDA’s signoff on both types of health features. Apple, Fitbit, and Samsung all detect blood oxygen levels, but they don’t claim they can detect any medical conditions using that information, so they didn’t need to get the agency’s clearance in…

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(Photo : Pexels/Pixabay) Tesla plant Tesla’s new Gigafactory near Berlin was opened this weekend, and the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, was present. Tesla wants to start the production of its Model Y cars there before the end of 2021. Tesla Opens Gigafactory in Germany Musk added that he wants the Gigafactory to produce up to 10,000 electric vehicles every week by the end of 2022, according to Bloomberg.  Tesla is still waiting for the final approval for the permit for the plant, as local authorities evaluate the environmental impact on the area. To celebrate the plant’s opening, the company held a…

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The Apple App Store was recently on downtime ahead of the Apple Watch Series pre-order event. According to the latest report, the online store will resume working at around 5 AM PT. Apple Online Store is Down Right Now (Photo : Apple )Apple App Store is currently down at the moment. Here are further details about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 pre-orders. According to a report by Macrumors on Friday, Oct.8, users would encounter a message when they attempt to visit the Apple App Store. Upon going to the official website of the company, you will be reminded that…

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For weeks, Facebook has stared down mounting anxiety over a leaked internal study about the harmful effects of Instagram on teenage girls — and Tuesday night, Mark Zuckerberg finally responded to the scandal personally. In an open letter to Facebook staff, Zuckerberg scoffed at concerns raised by whistleblower Frances Haugen, doubling down on earlier Facebook claims that the report has been misinterpreted. “If we’re going to have an informed conversation about the effects of social media on young people, it’s important to start with a full picture,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We’re committed to doing more research ourselves and making more research…

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Medical device company Medtronic issued an urgent recall of the remote controller for certain insulin pumps because they’re vulnerable to hacks. It’s possible for someone to copy the signals sent from the controllers to the pumps and deliver or block a dose of insulin, which could be dangerous for diabetic patients using the pumps. In the recall statement, Medtronic said that it wasn’t aware of any situations where this type of hack has occurred. The company was first made aware of the issue in 2018 after an independent cybersecurity researcher found the vulnerability and told users about the problem. That…

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Facebook was recently down, together with Instagram and WhatsApp. Because of this, many users were forced to rely on other platforms to communicate with their friends, loved ones, colleagues, and relatives.  (Photo : Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP via Getty Images)An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on April 17, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon of the popular messaging app Telegram on a smart phone screen. Russia’s communications watchdog began today blocking access to the popular messaging app Telegram after a court banned the service for refusing to give the security services access to private conversations. /…

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Apple employees raising concerns that misleading data was used to support new health products were dismissed or met with hostility, Insider reported. In addition, a lack of structure within the health group, along with other organizational problems, is slowing and frustrating the company’s ambitions to push into healthcare, current and former Apple employees told Insider. Some concerns focused on clinics Apple set up to both provide healthcare to employees and develop ways to integrate data collected from Apple devices into care. One doctor involved with the project, Will Poe, said in a resignation letter to CEO Tim Cook that he…

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Service builds on IBM hybrid cloud expertise in developing connected vehicle solutions based on open-source technologies. IBM and Mercedes announced the successful development of “Urban Guard – Stolen Vehicle Help,” a recently launched service in the Mercedes me app designed to help find and recover stolen vehicles. The solution builds on prior collaboration between IBM and Daimler, Mercedes’ parent company, to develop connected car services such as “ready to.” IBM and Mercedes develop “Stolen Vehicle Help” for Mercedes me service According to National Insurance Crime Bureau, a U.S. industry membership organization, car thefts saw a 9.2 percent increase in 2020. Digital, connected car…

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Exposure to dangerous levels of heat and humidity in cities across the world has exploded over the past three decades, according to new research. In a study of more than 13,000 cities, the number of people exposed to extremely hot and humid days in a given year (measured in “person-days”) tripled between 1983 and 2016. Extreme heat is already a leading weather-related killer It’s a symptom of two trends colliding: urban population growth and rising global average temperatures. Cities often reach higher temperatures than surrounding rural areas because they’re typically designed in a way that traps heat. So when people…

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Sarah had no options left. Over five years, she’d tried every possible treatment for her severe depression, and nothing had helped. “My daily life had become so restricted and impoverished by depression that I felt tortured by each day,” the 36-year-old said. But after undergoing an experimental procedure that implanted a device into her brain, she felt her depression lift for the first time in years. “It was like my lens on the world changed,” Sarah, who is remaining anonymous because of the stigma around depression, said during a press briefing. Sarah was the patient in a proof-of-concept trial of…

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